Tag: Manchester United

Bryan Robson

Bryan Robson

 
Bryan Robson
 
Name: Bryan Robson
Date of Birth: 11th January 1957
Place of Birth: Chester-le-street, County Durham
England Debut: 6th February 1980
Against: Republic of Ireland
Final Game: 16th October 1991
Against: Turkey
League Club: West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United, Middlesbrough
 
Born in the little Roman town of Chester-le-street, County Durham, to Brian and Maureen, Robson grew up with an elder sister and two younger brothers, both of whom made football their careers.  He was educated at Birtley South Secondary Modern School, before moving to Lord Lawson of Beamish Comprehensive School.  He captained his school team, as well as the local county team, and had trials with some of the bigger clubs before signing on with West Bromwich Albion as a 15 year old.
 
He signed professionally with Albion in 1974, but remained in the reserve team for nearly all of the following season, only called up to play for the final three matches and scoring in two of them.
 

Robson played with Albion in what turned out to be a sporadic career, with irregular starts and several injuries hampering his progress.  At the end of the 1980 – 1981 season, Albion offered him a renewed contract of £1000 per week.  Robson declined and put in a transfer request.

 
On 1 October 1981 Robson moved to Old Trafford to play for Manchester United in what was then a British Record Transfer Fee of £1.5 million.  He played his debut match on 7 October 1981 in a 1 – 0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.  His first goal came on 7 November 1981 in a 5 – 1 win against Sunderland.
 
Robson became Captain of United and in 1984 he signed an extension to his contract worth around £1 million and tying him to his team for a further seven years.  He remained with them until May 1994 when he moved to Middlesbrough as a player – manager. His football playing career came to an end in 1996.
 

Robson’s International career started at England youth level, before he received his call-up to the senior side on 6 February 1980 in a match against Republic of Ireland, a game which England won 2 – 0.  His first senior International goal came with his 13th cap in a game against Norway on 9 September 1981.  He played consistently for England until 1991 when he played his final International match against Turkey.

 
When his football playing career finished, Robson went on to manage Middlesbrough, Bradford City, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United.  In March 2008 he returned to Manchester United as an ambassador, helping to promote the club’s charity work and commercial interests.  In September 2009, Robson returned to football management, taking the role as coach for the Thailand National Team and will remain with them until the World Cup in 2014.
 
Bobby Charlton

Bobby Charlton

 
Bobby Charlton  
Name: Robert Charlton
Date of Birth: 11th October 1937
Place of Birth: Ashington, Northumberland, England
England Debut: 19th April 1958
Against: Scotland
Final Game: 14th June 1970
Against: West Germany
League Club: Manchester United, Preston North End, Waterford United
 
Bobby Charlton grew up in a family for whom football was a major influence.  His mother had 4 brothers and a cousin who all played professionally, and Charlton’s older brother Jack became a player for Leeds United
 
Growing up, Charlton was educated at Bedlington Grammar School and played youth football for East Northumberland Schools. He was spotted by a scout on 9 February 1953 and recruited for Manchester United.  He began playing for England Schoolboys and when he was 15 years old he signed professionally for Manchester United.  In October 1956, Charlton debuted for the first team in a match against Charlton Athletic.
 
He played well for the team for the following two seasons. However, on 6 February 1958 Bobby Charlton’s world was turned upside down when he was one of the Manchester United players involved in the fatal Munich Air Crash which saw several players and team staff perish.  In a twist of fate, Charlton, and player Dennis Viollet, swapped seats with two other players, Tommy Taylor and David Pegg, minutes before the stricken take-off.  Charlton and Viollet survived the crash.  Taylor and Pegg did not.
 
He received his call-up to play for England on 19 April 1958 against Scotland and continued to make regular appearances for the national side.  In 1959 he scored an impressive hat-trick against the USA in an 8 – 1 win for England.  An equally impressive performance in 1961 against Mexico saw him score a hat-trick in England’s 8 – 0 win. In 1966 Bobby arguable reached the pinnacle of his career at England when he helped the team win the World Cup. 
 
Charlton’s last match for England was in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico in a defeat to West Germany. The final match of his footballing career took place in 1973 against Chelsea.
 

After retiring from professional football, Charlton took the opportunity to become a manager for teams such as Preston North End and Wigan Althletic.  He opened an eclectic group of businesses, from jewellery stores and travel agents, to soccer schools in the UK and abroad.  He was knighted in 1994 and inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002. 

He worked with committees involved in the promotion of the 2012 Olympic games and is a member of the board of directors at Manchester United.

 
Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney

 
Wayne Rooney  
Name: Wayne Mark Rooney
Date of Birth: 24th October 1985
Place of Birth: Croxteth, Liverpool
England Debut: 12th February 2003
Against: Australia
England Caps:
England Goals:
League Club: Manchester United
 
Wayne Mark Rooney was born on 24th October 1985 in Croxteth, Liverpool.  Son of Thomas Wayne Rooney and Jeanette Marie Rooney (Morrey), he grew up in Merseyside, attending De La Salle School along with his younger brothers, Graeme and John.
 
Rooney joined Everton’s Youth team at the age of 10 when he signed a schoolboy contract and was earning £80 per week until the age of 16 when he made his professional debut.
 
On 19th October 2002, Rooney scored his first professional goal in the Premier League when he scored for Everton against Arsenal, who were the current league champions at the time.  That goal, which was scored only five days before his 17th birthday, made Rooney the youngest goal scorer in Premier League history, although he no longer holds that title.
 
Rooney’s senior career with England began on 12 February 2003 when he went on in a friendly against Australia, substituting for Kieron Dyer.
 
In 2004, and still only 18 years old, Rooney was signed by Manchester United in a £25.6 million deal, the highest recorded fee for a player under the age of 20.  This was despite Everton’s pledge that they wouldn’t let him go for less than £50 million, but the club’s financial difficulties put pressure on them to let him go.
 
Debuting for Manchester United on 28th September 2004, Rooney scored an impressive hat-trick against Fenerbahçe in a Champions League group stage and then went on to become Manchester United’s top scorer that season, earning the coveted Young Player of the Year Award.
 
At the time of writing this (May 2012), Wayne Rooney has appeared for Manchester United a total of 365 times, scoring 182 goals. Of these, 129 goals were scored in the Premier League in 251 appearances. He has been capped 73 times for England and scored 28 goals.